Date: 7/11/18 4:22 pm
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Know when you're licked...
I saw something similar once with an Am Goldfinch that thought it could keep a flock of siskins away. Ain’t happenin, Harry.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon

> On Jul 11, 2018, at 4:19 PM, Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> wrote:
> I just saw a cute little drama at my backyard feeder. I have one of those suet feeders that is a cage-within-a-cage. The inner cage contains the suet and has a mesh that is about ¼ inch size. The outer cage has a mesh that is about 1 inch size. This lets the smaller birds in to get the suet while excluding larger birds like starlings. Once inside, little birds can move around the central suet cage and reach into it.
> I saw busy activity at the feeder, indicating that bushtits were present. I looked with my binoculars and saw a single Black-capped Chickadee in the feeder with about 3 Bushtits. The chickadee was making aggressive charges at the intruders with its mouth open wide, the clear “get out” message. The bushtits pulled back, but more entered on the other side. The chickadee marched around the outer “walkway” of the feeder, running off bushtits while more poured in behind. Three, five, six, eight… At ten Bushtits the chickadee was beaten and left the feeder.
> Know when you’re licked.
> Paul Sullivan

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